Fight­ing fit for big con­test

BORG KEEN FOR BOUT

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

MINCH­IN­BURY’S Valen­tine Borg has his sights set on the top, fight­ing in Aus­tralia’s ma­jor pro­fes­sional box­ing event at Syd­ney Olympic Park next month.

The 23-year-old has been train­ing up to three hours a day for the bout.

“I work full­time, so I get up at 5am and train for two hours, then I am back in the gym at 6pm for an­other hour – it gets pretty hard,” Borg said.

Borg has been train­ing with coach Mark Grech since he was 15.

“He runs through drills with me, gives me in­struc­tions on the side of the ring – he is with me ev­ery step of the way and now we are pretty close,” Borg said.

Borg told The Stan­dard he first took up the sport af­ter trou­ble at school.

“Orig­i­nally I wanted to get into box­ing for fit­ness, I had a bit of trou­ble grow­ing up in high school and was in­tro­duced to box­ing as a way to calm me down,” he said.

Eight years later, Borg has big­ger goals.

“I want to build a pro­file for my­self and get my name out there – ev­ery boxer’s goal is to be the best at what they do and be a world cham­pion,” he said.

Borg will com­pete at Ex­plo­sive Box­ing III on Satur­day, March 12, where the main event will be a World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion ti­tle fight. For more de­tails visit stick­yt­ick­ets.com.au.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Val Borg is on the bill of a big box­ing event next month.

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